Until the time it emerges from the oven, nearly everything is homemade at La Cena Italian Bistro & Pizzeria. Toppings such as mushrooms, pepperoni, and jalapeños cover disks of hand-tossed dough, and homemade bread envelops ham, turkey, or roast-beef subs or buffalo-chicken paninis. Even the salads are prepared right before patrons’ eyes, easing their fears that the vegetables have been freshly chopped and not simply thrown at the kitchen’s ceiling fan.
The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
Pat’s Pizza’s menu, which carries on a culinary legacy that began in 1931, arrives at tables bursting with Italian classics and hearty takes on family fare. Diners can test out recently sharpened incisors with a mexican pizza topped with sausage and salsa ($8.25) or challenge a 14-inch greek pie ($16.25) to a duel with taste buds. Nine different salads ($3.25–$6.75) fill gaps in nutrition or in brick walls, and cheese-packed calzones ($5.50+) cradle fresh ingredients in the warm embrace of house-made dough. Diners can also eschew more circular fare for a range of burgers ($3.25+) and sandwiches, including meatball ($3.75+) and classic ham, cheese, and bacon hoagies ($4.25+).
Before they discover the wealth of games hidden just past the front entrance, visitors to The Sports Arena are met with an outdoor challenge on the undulating greens of its 18-hole outdoor miniature golf course. After putting their way to recreational immortality, visitors can check out indoor activities; pool sharks roam freely among the billiard hall's tables, and the arcade’s vintage and modern games frequently spit forth tickets redeemable for prizes. Good times continue to roll at the bowling alley, which hosts casual and competitive frames, private games in the VIP lounge, and Moonlight Bowling sessions until 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. Visitors in need of a recharge can grab a bite at Pat's Pizza's onsite eatery.
Stationed 13 miles north of the hotel, the Bangor Museum & Center for History houses more than 10,000 prints documenting the history of the city since the 1840s. An assortment of historical clothing including suits, handbags, and shoes illustrate New England life throughout the 20th century, and donations from the Grand Army of the Republic showcase war artifacts such as an apothecary chest, soldiers' handwritten letters, and battle swords. Since 1896, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra has hosted rousing performances of traditional ballets, classical concertos, and popular ringtones. The oldest continually operating community orchestra in the country, located 15 minutes north of The Lucerne Inn, infuses its performances with educational elements, fulfilling its mission to inspire young musicians.